Prix du Bois Long History

Prix du Bois Long History


Group 3, 2-year-olds, 1,000m/5f, €56,000

Created in 1925

Last winner: Maven (f2 USA by American Pharoah ex Richies Party Girl, by Any Given Saturday), owned by Richard Ravin, bred by Wesley Ward, trained by Wesley Ward, ridden by Mickaël Barzalona.

Record-time: 56’’3 by Percolator (2008)

The race is run in 2020 for the 90th time

The 2019 edition

The Connolly’s RedMills Prix du Bois (Gr3) was to be the scene of a clash between the French Hurricane Ivor (Ivawood), impressing in its debut, and the American Maven (American Pharoah). It did not happen as Fiona Carmichael’s Hurricane started badly, and never came back in contention.

On the other hand, Mickael Barzalona immediately put the placid Maven in the lead and he resisted until the end, holding off the consistent Jolie (Power) to score by a head.

Kenlova (Kendargent) did well to finish third at three lengths.

Maven is the first American Pharoah (Pioneerof The Nile) foal to win a Group race. Bred in the USA, he also was to run at Royal Ascot Royal but Wesley Ward, preferred to give up because of the soft ground. The colt had won for his debut as well, but it was on the Aqueduct dirt over 4 1/2 furlongs with one turn.

Maven was unsold at London’s Goffs sales, just before the royal meeting, at £ 725,000. He is the first foal out of Richies Party Girl (Any Given Saturday), a winner from a family of horses regularly appearing at Group level in the USA. He was bred by Wesley Ward.

History

This race is named after the Bois de Boulogne and also the Avenue du Bois (now the Avenue Foch) linking the Place de l’Etoile to the Porte Dauphine, which carriages used to take to reach Longchamp Racecourse.

First run in 1925 during the last week in June at Longchamp, the Prix du Bois was the first important race organised for 2 year-olds in France.

Not held from 1940 to 1945 due to war, the Prix du Bois remained faithful to Longchamp (with the exception of its 1995 flirtation with Chantilly) until 1996. Since then, it has been shared between Deauville (1997, 1998, 2003, 2016, 2017 & 2018), Chantilly (1999 to 2002, 2004, 2005, from 2009 to 2015, then in 2019) and Maisons-Laffitte (2006 to 2008). Its distance (5 furlongs) has remained unchanged, irrespective of the racecourse.

Whereas the first winner in 1925, Tatters, completed the course in 1’ 3’’6 (the worst time ever recorded), the record for this race was set at Maisons-Laffitte by English raider Percolator in 2008 with a 56”3 time.

The Prix du Bois constitutes an ideal springboard for candidates for the Prix Robert Papin, the leading Group 2 event for 2 year-olds held towards the end of July.

Fifteen winners of the Prix du Bois have gone on to lift the Prix Robert Papin: Erica (1927), Chesterfield (1946), Primeur (1947), L’Astrologue (1956), High Bulk (1960), Zeddaan (1967), My Swallow (1970), Lianga (1973), Maelstrom Lake (1981), Masarika (1983), Arazi (1991), Much Faster (2003), Divine Proportions (2004), Natagora (2007) and Family One (2011).

The Prix du Bois honours list features some glorious names, such as Advertencia (the dam of Le Pacha, 1929), Arbace (1948), Pharaos (1951), Reine Martiale (1955), Polamia ( dam of Dream Well, 1957), Dan Cupid (1958), Spy Well (1962), Timmy Lad (1963), Daring Display (1971), Irish River (1978), Noblequest (1984), Arazi (1991), Natagora (2007).

In the 89 editions of the race so far, colts have clocked up 51 wins and fillies 38.

Owners

  • Mrs P.A.B. Widener (5 wins): Polamia (1957), Dan Cupid (1958), Mr Brookwood (1961), Spy Well (1962), Timmy Lad (1963).
  • Aga Khan IV (4 wins): Zeddaan (1967), Adraan (1979), Masarika (1983), Keratiya (2010).
  • Daniel Wildenstein (3 wins): Nursery Song (1965), Lianga (1973), Juge de Paix (1976).
  • Arpad Plesch (3 wins): Calshot (1966), Rockress (1968), Myosotis (1974).
  • Wertheimer & Frère (3 wins): Gwenseb (2005), Sandwaki (2006), Snowday (2012).
  • Lord Derby (2 wins): Tatters (1925), Erica (1927).
  • Marcel Boussac (2 wins): Arbace (1948), Pharaos (1951).
  • Guy de Rothschild (2 wins): Reine Martiale (1955), L’Astrologue (1956).
  • Allen Paulson (2 wins): Tersa (1988), Arazi (1991).
  • R.-C. Strauss (2 wins): The Perfect Life (1990), Zelding (1997).
  • Khalid Abdullah (2 wins): Expelled (1994), Media Nox (1995).
  • Maktoum Al Maktoum (2 wins): Morning Pride (1999), Ozone Layer (2000).
  • Guy Pariente (2 wins): Goken (2014), Cosachope (2016).

Trainers

  • François Mathet (6 wins): Taoutcha (1952), Calshot (1966), Zeddaan (1967), Rockress (1968), Myosotis (1974), Adraan (1979).
  • Etienne Pollet (6 wins): Polamia (1957), Dan Cupid (1958), High Bulk (1960), Mr Brookwood (1961), Spy Well (1962), Timmy Lad (1963)
  • Pascal Bary (6 wins): Export Price (1986), Rich and Famous (1989), Imperfect World (1998), Much Faster (2003), Divine Proportions (2004), Natagora (2007).
  • Robert Collet (5 wins): Noblequest (1984), The Perfect Life (1990), Glorieux Dancer (1992), Zelding (1997), Dolled Up (2009).
  • François Boutin (4 wins): Tersa (1988), Arazi (1991), Porto Varas (1993), Expelled (1994).
  • Carlos Laffon-Parias (4 wins): Ziria (2001), Gwenseb (2005), Sandwaki (2006), Snowday (2012).
  • André Fabre (3 wins): Media Nox (1995), Morning Pride (1999), Ozone Layer (2000).

Riders

  • Roger Poincelet (10 wins): Chesterfield (1946), Arbace (1948), Dahabi (1949), Lets Fly (1953), Polamia (1957), Dan Cupid (1958), High Bulk (1960), Mr Brookwood (1961), Spy Well (1962), Timmy Lad (1963).
  • Yves Saint-Martin (9 wins): Nursery Song (1965), Calshot (1966), Zeddaan (1967), Rockress (1968), Baroque (1969), Lianga (1973), Juge de Paix (1976), Adraan (1979), Masarika (1983).
  • Olivier Peslier (6 wins): Morning Pride (1999), Ozone Layer (2000), Gwenseb (2005), Sandwaki (2006), Dolled Up (2009), Snowday (2012).
  • Charles Semblat (3 wins): La Rocque (1928), Sisterari (1931), Asterisk (1932).
  • William Johnstone (3 wins): Corindon (1933), Courteille (1938), Pharaos (1951).
  • Freddy Head (3 wins): Daring Display (1971), Tersa (1988), Porto Varas (1993).
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